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Start Here! Click Me! Just a refresher on the Druids... Earth Mysteries: Stonehenge and the Druids, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. Stonehenge and the Druids, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire After centuries of neglect in the wake of first Roman and then Christian suppression, the Druids were rediscovered during the Renaissance when the revival of interest in ancient Greek and Latin writers brought attention to the works of Pliny, Tacitus, and Julius Caesar and their descriptions of the Celtic world.

Earth Mysteries: Stonehenge and the Druids, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire

First in France in the sixteenth century, and then in England, the ancient Celts (or Gauls as they were known in France) and Druids were claimed as historical ancestors. By the seventeenth century, a new romantic image of Druids began to emerge in French and English literature. In England as early as 1624 the Celtic warrior queen Boudicca is credited by Edmond Bolton with building Stonehenge as her monument. 360° Video tour of Stonehenge at Sunrise. Stonehenge welcomes the Summer Solstice with druids, hippies and tourists. Thousands of people flocked to Stonehenge today to watch the sun rise over the famous prehistoric monument on the longest day of the year.

Stonehenge welcomes the Summer Solstice with druids, hippies and tourists

Around 12,000 people travelled to the huge stones in Wiltshire - almost half the number compared to last year - to celebrate the Summer Solstice. It was the first time that those attending the special occasion were not permitted to toast the day with a celebratory drink as alcohol was banned by English heritage. The charity justified their decision because it had seen more 'drunken and disrespectful behaviour' as crowds increased each year. A woman with flowers in her hair looked in delight after gathering at the famous site to celebrate the Summer Solstice this morning A bearded man was one of the 12,000 people who made their way to the ancient monument near Amesbury, Wiltshire, today. Drombeg Stone Circle. Drombeg Stone Circle Winter Solstice Sunrise Drone. Drombeg Stone Circle, Our visit to The Druid's Altar. We found the Recumbent Drombeg Stone Circle in a pastoral valley that was very similar to the one where Coppinger’s Court is situated.

Drombeg Stone Circle, Our visit to The Druid's Altar

The Standing Stones are high on the side of the valley overlooking a series of hills all clad in luxurious green fields and zigzagging hedgerows. As with most directional signs in Ireland, this one has the place name given in both Irish, also known as Irish Gaelic, and English. The word Drombeg means “the small ridge”, and marks where the ruins are located 2.4 kilometres east of Glandore. Drombeg is the finest of the many stone circles in County Cork, and dates back to about 150 B.C.

The lovely recumbent stone circle is also known as The Druid’s Altar, and from its location on the edge of a rocky terrace, worshippers presided over a view that gently sweeps down to the Atlantic ocean a mere 1.6 kilometres away. One couldn’t ask for a more stunning vista; it certainly impressed Bob and me. It is a different story at Drombeg Stone Circle. You May Also Like: Cairnpapple Prehistoric Site - Scotland. Silvermines by Cairnpapple Silver as a crystal is closely aligned with the energies of the Moon, and in the medieval times it would have been a commonplace belief that the crystal and its loci were associated with the moon.

Cairnpapple Prehistoric Site - Scotland

The twenty four stones set within an oval suggest a Sun – Moon calendar was observed in this early astronomical observatory on top of a holy hill site. The people in the Bathgate Hills were farmers and the agricultural year depended on a close understanding of the inter-relationship of Sun and Moon. An old standing stone known as the Clinking Stane still stands above the town of Bathgate on the approach road to the cairn - this was the stone at which lovers would meet to betroth themselves to one another – when I asked a local archaeologist if he knew what “Clinking” meant, despite being very local his knowledge did not extend to local dialect – my explanation that it meant “kissing” caused an intense blushing not intended! Clinking Stone above Bathgate. Cairnpapple Henge. Druids Temple, Ilton. The Druids Temple, situated near Ilton, about 4 miles west of Masham is a folly created by William Danby of nearby Swinton Hall in 1820.

Druids Temple, Ilton

The structure sits deep within a private forest and includes a large stone table, a sheltered cave and an altar stone. The temple is approximately 100 feet long and 50 feet wide, with some of the stones standing over 10 feet high. William Danby (1752-1832) was made High Sheriff of Yorkshire in 1784. He created the temple to generate work for the local population who were paid 1 shilling a day. A salary was offered for someone to live at the Temple as a hermit for seven years. Baroness Masham of Ilton (quoted in Hansard): "A few miles from Masham, on the estate, is a realistic copy of a druid temple, with all the stones, including the sacrificial stone, in the correct positions.

[The idea that 'Devil worship' was taking place here is not one shared by the Mysterious Britain team] "On another occasion, I had to leave home early one morning. Image Gallery. Last Stop! Celtic Mythology Poster. Pictures.